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A Quiet Place writers will adapt Stephen King's short story The Boogeyman

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Jun 26, 2018

By the end of 2017, nearly everyone had been reminded (if they didn't already know) what a cultural force Stephen King still is five decades after he sold his first scary stories to magazines. Well, 2017 was only the beginning. After IT became a box-office smash and other promised projects like Castle Rock loomed on the horizon, producers and studios began searching anew for King projects they could adapt or re-adapt for the screen, and today that's led to yet another King-inspired project on the horizon.

Deadline reports that Scott Beck and Bryan Woods — who co-wrote this year's horror hit A Quiet Place (of which King was a fan) with director John Krasinski — are set to adapt King's 1973 short story "The Boogeyman" at Fox, with 21 Laps (Stranger Things) set to produce. 

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"The Boogeyman" is the story of a man who visits a psychiatrist's office to relate the story of how each of his three children had been attacked and killed by some mysterious entity, which apparently entered their rooms through a closet door the man was certain he'd kept closed. The man, of course, seems to be delusional as he relates the story of these mysterious deaths, including the still-recent third attack, but he's convinced that a monster is responsible and, because this is a King story, he's all too right. 

Originally published in an issue of Cavalier (many of King's early short fiction sales were to the men's magazines of the 1970s), "The Boogeyman" was reprinted in King's first short story collection, Night Shift, in 1978. It's never been adapted as a feature film, but has frequently been made as a short as part of King's "dollar babies" initiative, which grants up-and-coming filmmakers permission to adapt his stories non-commercially for the option price of $1. Now, after so many of its Night Shift companions ("Graveyard Shift," "The Mangler," "Trucks" and, most famously, "Children of the Corn") have gone before it, it's finally getting the studio treatment.

Beck and Woods will also serve as executive producers on the film. There's no word yet on a director or a cast, but if you just can't get enough of Stephen King, you can add "The Boogeyman" to the extremely long list of developing projects headed our way in the coming years.